Originally posted on May 3, 2023
You’ve got your characters raised and ready, now it’s time to equip them with weapons! Here are 7 of the greatest weapons in Genshin Impact that will carry you to victory.
This article weights accessibility and strength evenly and is aimed at mostly free-to-play users.
While many of the best weapons within the game are 5-stars used for their strength at dealing damage, supporting characters need weapons too! Despite only being a 4-star weapon, the Sacrificial Sword (and its other Sacrificial counterparts, though many support characters are sword-wielders) can really put a band-aid on the high cooldown of some of the game’s most useful support skills. One of these examples is Xingqiu’s Guhua Sword: Fatal Rainscreen, a very useful ability with an extremely long cooldown. On using an Elemental Skill, Sacrificial Sword’s effect has a chance to instantly reset the Skill’s cooldown - this can make some support characters considerably better at their role, for example giving Xingqiu a far better uptime on his Rain Swords.
Primordial Jade Cutter
On the flip side of the Sacrificial Sword, the Primordial Jade Cutter is a fantastic generic 5* sword that provides incredibly high damage through boosting its wielder’s HP stat by 20% at Refinement 1 and providing an Attack boost at 1.2% of that same stat. While this is a very simple effect, it can considerably increase damage output for sword-wielding characters and allow them to more consistently take out enemies.
While it may not always be the #1 weapon choice on some characters, almost any Sword-wielding character aiming for a high DPS can equip the Primordial Jade Cutter and be very effective. If you don’t have their signature weapons, characters like Ayaka and Alhaitham can make excellent use of the Primordial Jade Cutter and be an asset to your team.
Thrilling Tales of Dragon Slayers
A 3-star weapon making its way into a Top 10 list? It’s more likely than you think! While you may not be super pleased to get this in a wish, it’s absolutely worth your time to refine this one as it has a fantastic effect for support characters who wield Catalysts. At Refinement 5, Thrilling Tales has the following effect: “When switching characters, the new character taking the field has their ATK increased by 48% for 10s. This effect can only occur once every 20s.” This makes it a great fit for characters like Barbara, who want to switch onto the field briefly to activate their Skill or Burst and then switch back to a DPS character, providing them an enormous power boost as well as the effects of the Skill or Burst. While some supportive Catalyst wielders may find more use in different weapons, Thrilling Tales is extremely easy to obtain and has a particularly potent effect.
Of all of Genshin Impact’s Claymore weapons, the Wolf’s Gravestone makes a great case for being the best. Its high Attack stat combined with an incredible passive make this weapon an incredible choice on almost any Claymore-wielding character.
This weapon’s passive ability, Wolfish Tracker, increases the wielder’s Attack by 20%. When attacking an opponent with less than 30% HP, the Attack of all party members is increased by 40% for 12 seconds. This effect can occur once every 30 seconds. (This effect scales with refinements, but most players will only get 5-star weapons at Refinement 1.) This effect is really generically powerful, and any Claymore character that intends to deal good damage will make excellent use of it. Much like the Primordial Jade Cutter, this weapon is a fantastic option for almost any character that can wield it, despite possibly not being their #1 weapon choice.
This 4-star weapon is one of the easiest to get and refine in the game, since it avoids the gacha mechanics entirely. However, we hope you like fishing, as that’s how you’ll be earning this excellent polearm! The Catch provides Energy Recharge as its secondary stat, with its effect, Shanty, boosting Elemental Burst crit rate and damage. This combination of stats makes it excellent for characters whose kits focus around their Elemental Burst and want a good uptime on it, especially Xiangling and the Raiden Shogun. This weapon being free and easy to get to Refinement Level 5 along with its particularly useful stat combination makes it not only one of Genshin Impact’s most accessible weapons, but one of its most useful, too.
The Widsith has to be one of our favorite weapons in the game - not only is it an excellent Catalyst that can really power up characters like Yanfei, but it also has some excellent flavor with its passive, Debut. Whenever The Widsith’s wielder enters the field, they will gain a random ‘theme song’ for 10 seconds. There are three theme songs: Recitative, which boosts Attack by 60%, Aria which boosts Elemental damage by 48% and Interlude, which boosts Elemental Mastery by 240. While these effects can only happen once every 30 seconds, they are all incredibly strong and very useful. Any Catalyst wielder specializing in Elemental damage will make great use of this songbook, especially on teams that can create lots of Elemental Reactions for big damage.
While being one of the default 5-star weapons that can be obtained on any banner, the Skyward Harp is one of Genshin Impact’s strongest bows. This weapon’s secondary stat is Crit Rate, which allows its wielder to focus significantly more on building Crit Damage artifacts. Its effect, Echoing Ballad, increases Crit Damage by 20% (up to 40% with higher refinement levels) as well as giving all hits a large chance to inflict an additional small AoE attack, dealing 125% Attack damage. The combination of Crit Rate and Crit Damage make this weapon an excellent bow for any character that intends to deal big damage, such as Ganyu or Yoimiya.
And that concludes our analysis of the 7 best weapons in Genshin Impact! While these may not be statistically the highest statted weapons in the game, all of them strike a great balance between attainability and power and will make a fantastic addition to any team.